Ben Fries - PTK Award recipient

Fries receives PTK Distinguished Advisor Award

Glen Oaks advisor Ben Fries was one of two advisors who received the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award for the Michigan region during the regional PTK conference held at Glen Oaks Community College in mid-May.

The award recognizes advisors who demonstrate an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for the Society’s Hallmarks. He was nominated by members of the Glen Oaks chapter.

Fries, of Constantine, Michigan, has been advisor to the Glen Oaks Alpha Delta Omega PTK Chapter since 2013.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Fries, “and I’m very excited to be able to serve our students, our community and Glen Oaks Community College.”

When adjusted for size of school enrollment, the Glen Oaks Chapter is nearly double the
national average in the percentage of students inducted into PTK; and 24 percent above the national average when it comes to completion, enrollment and transfer. In the past two years, 100 percent of Glen Oaks PTK members have either completed their degrees, are still enrolled or have transferred to another institution of higher education.”

In 2016, Fries was one of 15 PTK advisors honored with the Paragon Award for New Advisors at the organization’s national conference.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.